Strand Theatre

652-660 Centre Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Strand Theatre, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA

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Opened as an Ancient Order of Hibernians hall. The building shows up on Fire Insurance maps of 1914 and 1924.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Can you give us a more exact street address? Centre is a very long street. What is on this site now?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 12, 2008 at 8:26 am

In the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook theatre list there is a “Supreme Theatre” in Jamaica Plain, with 600 seats. No other info. Could that be another name for the Strand/Emmet Theatre ??

MarkB
MarkB on November 21, 2008 at 7:54 pm

The building went up at 652-660 Centre st in 1910. It was a mixed retail/theatre space, with a hall named Emmett hall for the Irish Republican hero.It opened as a theatre showing silent movies and became the Strand some time before 1924. You can see the vertical marquee in the old picture here:
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You can see the location at Centre st. and Starr lane in this 1924 map. http://www.wardmaps.com/viewasset.php?aid=1321

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

The Strand at 658 Centre St in JP is listed in a Boston business directory, Issue 85, which I think is 1921. Found it on Google Books.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 31, 2011 at 8:27 am

The street directory section of the 1918 edition of the Boston Register and Business Directory, Issue 83, says: “Strand Theatre moving pictures, Emmet Block, 658 Centre St, JP” (near Green Street).

MarkB
MarkB on May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I uploaded an enlarged section of a photo that shows the Strand marquee.

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